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R19m reactor contract strikes sparks

By: System Author     28th May 1999 With the successful completion of the instrumentation and electrical installations of all seven Sasol Advanced Synthol (Sas) reactors in February, Gauteng firm Apollo E&I Construction has established itself as a competitive participant in the petrochemical industry, reports MD Piet van Rensburg.... 

New R167-million organic-acid plant

By: System Author     28th May 1999 THE considerable percentage of useful products in Sasol wastewater streams at Sasolburg, and especially Secunda, has also inspired creative initiatives to extract and upgrade some organic acids. A notable recent project was the design, construction and commissioning of Sasol Solvents’... 

New power station technology punted

By: System Author     21st May 1999  

R400-million project on schedule

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THE R400-million Nedcor North Site development in Sandton, Gauteng, is on track to be completed on time in October 2000, reports project manager Ampros Developments (Amdev) a year after excavations began. Amdev senior project manager Eddie Beckwith says the development’s ambitious deadline... 

Big valve-sealing challenge is won

By: System Author     21st May 1999 ACHIEVING a tight shut-off with metal against metal has always been a challenge for valve manufacturers, not only because most common construction metals tend to gall, but also because their plastic and elastic properties limit what can be done with these materials. Overcoming the limits imposed... 

Brakpan casino complex on track

By: System Author     21st May 1999 CONSTRUCTION of the main casino for the Carnival City casino and entertainment complex in Brakpan is currently under way. Gauteng company Genrec was contracted last year to fabricate and erect the circular, square and rectangular Structatube 300 sections which were supplied by Macsteel Tube &... 

White Paper dealing with the construction industry launched

By: System Author     21st May 1999 THE Department of Public Works has launched a White Paper on the development of the construction industry. Entitled ‘Creating an Enabling Environment for Reconstruction, Growth and Development in the Construction Industry,’ the White Paper has brought together construction industry... 

R131-million building contract won

By: System Author     21st May 1999 The R131-million phase- one contract for building the underground parking areas at the high-density Melrose Arch residential and trading complex in Johannesburg’s northern suburbs has been awarded to a joint venture between LTA Building (Gauteng) and LTA Building (Free State). Other group... 

R30m retirement village

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Plans for a new R30-million retirement village in Worcester, in the Cape, have been finalised and construction work is expected to start next month. Group Five Project Development Services has been appointed developer for the project and Delbren Properties the marketing and sales agent. G5PDS... 

R1,28m contract won

By: System Author     21st May 1999 Industrial and office building developer Clearspan has been awarded a R1,28-million contract for the design and erection of the structural steelwork for a new Ford showroom on the Comores island of Mayotte. The contract calls for the company to design, supply and erect the structural steelwork,... 

Unique architectural solution for JIA

By: System Author     21st May 1999 A R185-million international retail project, which aims to increase capacity at Johannesburg International Airport (JIA), is on track with the first of three structural steel nodes designed, constructed and fitted to the eastern fa 

Cape Town airport in R72m ramp-up

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE constant increase in passenger numbers at Cape Town International Airport (CIA) has prompted the Airports Company of South Africa (Acsa) to fast-track construction of its new international arrivals terminal. The R72-million project is the first major expansion of the airport’s... 

Durban firm surfs the marine repair wave

By: System Author     14th May 1999 The contract for permanent repairs to one of the largest vessels ever to enter a South African port, the 276 000 t Mobil Shipping-owned Harrier, was last month snapped up by Durban-based International Marine and Construction (Imac) in the face of severe international competition. The company then... 

Cape Town to construct R100-million arena

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A R100-million indoor exhibition, event and entertainment facility is to be built at the 250 ha Century City development on the outskirts of Cape Town. The multipurpose venue, being developed by Century City owner and developer Monex and to be designed and managed by AME Events, a division of... 

Construction progressing well at smelter project

By: System Author     14th May 1999 A R60-million portion of the construction work at Billiton’s US$1,8-billion Mozambique Aluminium (Mozal) primary aluminium smelter, situated outside Maputo, is being undertaken by GBR, a joint venture between Grinaker Concrete Construction and Basil Read. With overall construction work on... 

Taking the gamble out of empowerment

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Hot competition among bidders for gaming licences, particularly in Gauteng, saw contenders painting rosy pictures in their proposals to obtain a licence but the ability of most to meet these still remains to be seen. However, Global Resorts South Africa appears to have met and exceeded targets... 

Road contract completion

By: System Author     14th May 1999 THE US$5,9-million contract to construct the Chibuto–Chongoene road in Mozambique is drawing to a close. Funded by Badea, the contract is being undertaken by LTA Earthworks (Mozambique) in a joint venture with Mozambique company Ceta. Being undertaken for the Direcao Nacional de Estrades e... 

Developers get the lowdown on training

By: System Author     14th May 1999 ow-cost housing resi- dents in the Northern Province are reaping the benefits of an extensive on-site training programme for developers and building inspectors to improve the quality of their residences. The training in basic concrete technology, as well as the correct application of cementitious... 

Low-cost housing must not be an eyesore

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Low-cost housing developments in Kwazulu-Natal are becoming more aesthetically pleasing with the supply of seamless tiled roofs, which are taking the place of traditional corrugated-iron covering, reports Harvey Roofing Products Knights divisional product manager Dion Perotti. The company is... 

R11-million pedestrian bridge on schedule

By: System Author     14th May 1999 Construction of an R11-million pedestrian bridge, which will span Philippi station and the adjacent staging yards, is on schedule. The bridge, which is being constructed by Stocks South, will incorporate a novel 127 m skywalk and provide a safe route for pedestrians. The main centre portion of... 

R15m Durban trade centre completed

By: System Author     14th May 1999 INDUSTRIAL and buil-ding developer Clearspan has completed the construction of a R15-million Trade Centre for Metcash at Mt Edgecombe in Durban. The 13 000 m2 centre was completed in a fastrack period of only four-and-a-half months to allow the centre to meet its critical opening dates.... 

Work begins on R1,4 bn Umhlanga project

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Construction of Old Mutual Properties’ massive R1,4-billion Gateway retail and entertainment centre near Umhlanga is under way, bringing the company’s total investment in retail and entertainment projects to almost R6-billion over the next four to five years. Principal contractor... 

New airport project cleared for take-off

By: System Author     7th May 1999 The project to construct a R250-million international airport for the lowveld at Primkop, near Nelspruit in Mpumalanga, has received approval from all relevant provincial and national government departments and agencies and now is awaiting only the closure of the necessary financial package,... 

R1,2-billion ‘Disney World’ for Centurion

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Plans are on the map to develop a R1,2-billion theme park in Centurion, Gauteng, which, if implemented, would cap Disney World, Orlando, in the US in size. The first of four phases in the development, called Centurion Wonder World, is a proposed R300-million undertaking which would comprise a... 

Pneumatic system for trenchless piping

By: System Author     7th May 1999 A range of pneumat- ic equipment used to install underground pipes and cables without digging trenches is available from Reef Trenchless Technology SA (RTT), a wholly-owned company of Reef Pneumatics and Industrial Supplies. “The conventional method of digging trenches when one needs to... 

Specialist construction coating

By: System Author     7th May 1999 ASouth African ma- nufacturer of spe- cialist coatings for the construction industry, Marmoran, is launching a new product throughout the country. Alltek is a 2 mm to 3 mm thick spray-applied plaster that adheres to walls with great strength. It is normally applied by a team of three, one of whom... 

Modified-bitumen contracts in the pipeline

By: System Author     7th May 1999 Despite severely-depressed market conditions, modified bitumen manufactured at Bituguard South Africa’s newly-completed production facility near Bethlehem in the Free State is being used on a number of contracts. Most notable of these are for the coating of 25 km of pipeline – 5 km... 

10% GDFI in sight, predict engineers

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Despite low confidence levels by industry in general in the construction sector, new president of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (Saice) Dr Rodney Milford believes that gross domestic fixed investment (GDFI), excluding plant and equipment, will again reach the level of about... 

Solar roof development

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A solar roofing system, jointly developed by Gapp Architects and Urban Designers and Solar Heat Exchangers, is being used to roof part of a public bathhouse built for the Katorus Market Society. This society is a non-governmental organisation representing the townships of Katlehong, Tokoza and... 

R97-million for two new pipelines

By: System Author     30th April 1999 More than R97-million has been set aside by the board of Rand Water for the construction of two new pipelines to meet the long-term needs of several areas in Gauteng into the new millennium. Rand Water chief engineer: pipelines Alan Tonks reports that the board has approved an amount of R97 368... 

New composite mooted for local housing

By: System Author     30th April 1999 A new composite material, manufac- tured by Heraklith, the local subsidiary of an Austrian company, may be used for economy housing in the Mpumalanga province and Franschoek area, Engineering News can today report. The company started production at its facilities in Brakpan, Gauteng, in September... 

Tendering know-how offered at centre

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Established as a private company in July last year, tender support centre Inkosi Yamathenda is considering registration as a Section 21 company or non-profit organisation. CEO Happy Nkhoma says the centre was formed directly to tackle the lack of knowledge about tendering among formerly... 

Power applications exhibition

By: System Author     30th April 1999 The broader profile of the Electrics Power Electronic Africa (Epea) ’99 exhibition has led the Indian Electrical and Electronic Manufacturers Association to book a national pavilion for its participating companies at this year’s show. The power-applications section of the show is a... 

New Cape Town terminal begins

By: System Author     30th April 1999 Phased construction of a new international terminal at Cape Town International Airport has begun. The first stage of the project will involve the construction of a temporary arrivals terminal while the existing facility will remain fully operational. Once stage one is complete, airport operations... 

Upgrading of Cape carriageway started

By: System Author     30th April 1999 UPGRADING of Carl Cronje Drive from a single to double carriageway has begun. The roadworks form part of a R7,2-million project which involves the canalisation of a stretch of the Elsieskraal River and the provision of a public walkway over the same distance. Funding of the project is being... 

Local centre gets R400 000 US donation

By: System Author     30th April 1999 US company General Electric (GE) has donated over R400 000 to the Sparrow Technical Skills Centre in Sophiatown, Johannesburg, as part of an ongoing initiative to upgrade the existing facilities and construct new facilities. The donation will be used to construct four new workshops on the... 

Like Topsy, Jhb airport just grows and grows

By: System Author     23rd April 1999 A R1,6-billion five-year master-plan for the further redevelopment and expansion in capacity of Johannesburg International Airport (JIA) has been announced by Airports Company South Africa (Acsa). The plan came into effect on April 1, and will be completed in 2004. Officially called the western... 

 

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